Dear friends, acquaintances, and strangers,
I haven't been here for a week or two now; I just can't. It is so difficult and so frustrating to me. I feel this way because I love this place, and I love you people, even the ones who may hate me. I love hubski because it has the nuances of a true community where ideas can be offered and received, and for the most part neither end is done blindly, ignorantly, or in a narrow-minded way. But it's feeling very exhausting to stick around. There has been a lot of conversation and a lot of complaining. I think it's easy to complain, as I am doing now. But I'd like to address some directed towards me recently here, without taking things personally, I'm just making myself clear.
kleinbl00, _refugee_, I feel that posts like my vague questions aren't intended to break ground or create original thought, I am simply offering a prompt, whether its been offered before or not, for people to share, and perhaps offer something for other people to learn from. I want to listen and respond. So, if my question is exactly the same (as it has been) or similar (as it has been) to one from the past, I apologize but it's not like I'm stealing from a previous poster-- it's a discussion, not OC. However, I absolutely agree- and in ignorance did not recognize- that one should absolutely make effort to credit previous posts of a similar nature. But there are things that we can benefit from being asked every single day! I'll be damned if every morning you ask me who i am I won't give you a different answer, ever so slightly. Although I'd probably be really pissed that you're asking me questions like that before i've gotten my coffee. My point is, and I think this will especially fall in line with kleinbl00's frustrations: If you want to make the 'share' more valuable, make the sharers more reliable in taste, and ensure quality in posts-- you need to let it happen. You need to allow a natural growth, flow, and progression (even if it's regression! don't be afraid to step back, we have nowhere to rush!) because there is no fighting father time. the userbase will fluctuate, grow, spill over the top and maybe be too big to control at some point. Good. It might be everything you hate. Good. This is not my Hubski, nor yours, nor ours. It is its own, and it quite surely will develop on its own. Just post what you think is good, and talk about it with others. That's it.
Okay. Necessary disclaimer at this point. I am making no effort to be logical, rational, reasonable, just, fair, or factual, as I believe discussions, shared content and OC should be when appropriate. I'm speaking from impulse, feeling, and emotion. So i could be wrong, and I'm more than willing to be told that. I may be one of the new kids here, but I don't feel i am of the "here's my opinion shut up" hivemind, and to be honest I really don't see it much here at all.
I want to go back to the idea of why I'm sporadically absent. Sure, it's mostly because busy, but that's not what I'm talking about. When I go on Hubski and I see these rich walls of text and mile-long threads on my feed, I'm overjoyed, and hungry for it. But I just feel so tired reading it all. It's often unbearable to type out all the thoughts and reactions to things people contribute. It's often impossible to deal with the rainbow of personality types and mentalities that flow in and out of the community. Hubski is small, but only relative to the websites that are big. Honestly, there are a lot of people here. There is no reason to expect them to be all right, similar, interesting, or attractive. That said, there is no reason to expect them to not be any of these. I don't really know what I'm talking about. As my energy simmers down to a sleepy halt, I think we need to just appreciate everything, even the bad things. And come around once in a while, do what you want, take a break, and come back again. Just loooove, maan..
edit: I'm not offended by people pointing out things about myself and the rest of the community, i guess it sounded that way but im not taknig any of it personally!